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Black Holes, Beakers, and Books: The Poisoner's Handbook

Sunday, January 26, 2014 | Other Dates  
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Are you interested in exploring the vast mysteries of the cosmos, understanding human evolutionary history or talking about the long-term future of the planet earth? These topics and more will be discussed in Black Holes, Beakers, and Books, a book club that reads and discusses popular science books published within the last five years.

Join us for a discussion of The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum. In 1920s New York City, murderers could use poisons as their weapons without being traced. Two forensic scientists, a toxicologist and the chief medical examiner, manage to solve some of these chemical mysteries, though not without deadly mistakes. Pulitzer Prize-winning Blum has created a delightful compound: true-crime thriller, popular science, and Jazz Age history.

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Event fee: Free
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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